Tiziano Scarpa is a novelist, poet and playwright, who also published short stories and essays. Among them: the novel Stabat Mater (Milan: Einaudi, 2008; Strega Prize 2009); the guide Venezia è un pesce (Milan: Feltrinelli, 2000; English edition, Venice is a Fish); a book of aphorisms, Corpo (Milan: Einaudi, 2004); the poem Groppi d'amore nella scuraglia (Milan: Einaudi, 2005), written in a southern, invented language. He recently published the novel Il cipiglio del gufo (Milan: Einaudi, 2018), the book of poetry Le nuvole e i soldi (Milan: Einaudi, 2018), and Una libellula di città e altre storie in rima (Rome: minimum fax, 2018).
Scarpa has written on contemporary art in his novel Il brevetto del geco (Milan: Einaudi, 2016), where he touches upon the art market, and in numerous essays and articles on artists, such as Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Savinio, Mimmo Rotella, Anish Kapoor, Magnus, Ryan Mendoza, Tino Sehgal, Stefano Arienti, Luca Bertolo, Bertozzi e Casoni, Benedetta Bonichi, Emilio Cafiero, Mauro Ceolin, Andrea Contin, Paola Di Bello, Flavio Favelli, Maurizio Finotto, Luigi Gardenal, Francesca Ghermandi, Massimo Giacon, Fausto Gilberti, Michael Kenna, Marco Lodola, Luisa Menazzi Moretti, Cristiano Pintaldi, Silvano Rubino, Wolfgang Stehle, and Fabio Visintin. He has contributed to various arts magazines, among them Flashart, Artribune, The Arts Newspaper.